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Will County unemployment continues to decline

Rate decreases by nearly one percent over last month

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The employment outlook in Will County continues to improve with the latest unemployment rate listed at 6.1 percent, which is down from 6.8 percent in March 2015 and one and a half percent lower than April of 2014. Will County Executive Larry Walsh said this decrease is a positive reflection of the business climate in the county.

     “Together with our county board, our municipal and business leaders, we work very hard to keep Will County a business friendly county,” Walsh said.

Will County honors 48 schools with Earth Flag Awards

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Nearly 700 students and staff members from 24 Will County schools attended the Earth Flag Awards ceremony at Rialto Square Theater in Joliet.

Another 24 schools also won the award after working with the Joan O’Keefe, the Environmental Educator with the Resource Recovery and Energy Division of the Will County Land Use Department, but were unable to attend.

Will County offers residents spay/neuter discount for pets in June

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Will County residents who have their pets spayed or neutered at participating veterinary offices in June can receive a $40 county-sponsored discount.

The discount applies for up to two animals per household and is exclusively for pet owners who live in Will County. More than 10,000 pets have been treated since the program originated in 2007.

Homer Glen students ready to grow

Students, staff plant fruits, vegetables in school garden

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Students gathered around the plant with its one strawberry, not yet ripe, careful not to dislodge the fruit from the vine.

The strawberry plant was one of several attractions as students, staff and guests milled around the raised garden beds at William E. Young School, christened the Young Sprouts Grow and Learn Garden, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 15.

Free Book Reuse and Recycling Event to be held June 5-7

Will County Resource Recovery and Energy Division, Joliet Park District co-sponsors

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The annual Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, June 5-7, at Joliet Park District’s Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive.

Schools, libraries and members of the general public can bring any unwanted books for reuse and recycling, said Tim Anderson of the Will County Land Use Departments Resource Recovery and Energy Division. The books will be available to anyone attending the event free of charge. Categories include fiction, non-fiction, children’s, romance, hobby, travel, health and living, religion, textbooks, periodicals, magazines and cookbooks. 

Will County Executive Larry Walsh signs County Board resolution prohibiting additional video poker machines in unincorporated Will County

Says “time to get serious” about governing in Will County

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With some serious reservations, Will County Executive Larry Walsh signed a resolution recently approved by the Will County Board that prohibits additional video poker licenses in establishments in unincorporated Will County. Walsh said although there was sizable opposition to one establishment in Frankfort Township, the action taken by the board is mostly symbolic.

Mobile Workforce Center’s June schedule announced

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The Mobile Workforce Center’s June schedule has been announced by the Workforce Services Division of Will County.

The mobile unit travels throughout Will County to help residents with resume development, cover letters and job applications. The workforce center contains 11 computer stations, internet access, and offers keyboarding lessons, as well as resume and job search assistance using online listings including jobs4people.org and Illinois workNet.

Fiesta to benefit Sunny Hill Nursing Home residents with Alzheimer’s

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Gratitude for the care that residents receive at Sunny Hill Nursing Home and lessons learned about how the brain operates will benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease for years to come.

That gratitude is from the family of the late Richard Churnovic and KSKJ, the organization of which he and other Sunny Hill residents were members, said Danette Krieger, Sunny Hill’s Activity Director. The late Richard Tezak, also known as "Mr. Sunny Hill," was also a member of the fraternal organization.

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